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If I Had A Million Dollars…

Posted by Erin on July 22, 2014

The National Park Service’s Maritime Heritage Program, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, has approximately $1.7 million in grant funding available for education and preservation projects related to U.S. maritime history.

The grants are available to state, tribal and local governments, as well as private non-profit organizations. Education grants can be used for programs such as school curriculum, interpretive programs and web pages. Preservation grant projects will include restoration of ships and other maritime resources.

Details of the grant program, including the application process, are available at http://www.nps.gov/maritime/grants/2014.htm. Grant applications will be accepted through Tuesday, September 23.

Think of all the things you could do with more money*…

…If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d restore your ship / I would restore your ship.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / I’d buy you equipment for your ship / Maybe a nice AIS or a rescue boat.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you a new wrench / A nice and shiny new wrench / And if I had a million dollars, I’d buy your drill.

If I had a million dollars / I’d make a foot-rope for your yard / If I had a million dollars you could help / It wouldn’t be that hard.

If I had a million dollars / Maybe we could put a little tiny fridge / In the saloon / We could just go down there and hang out.

Like open the fridge and stuff / And there’d be foods Cook laid out for us / Like little pre-wrapped sausages and things. Mmmmmm.

They have pre-wrapped sausages / But they don’t have pre-wrapped bacon / Well, can you blame them? / Yeah!

If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you black powder / But not a real round shot, that’s bad.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you a cuddly ship’s pet / Yep, like a llama or an emu.

And if I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you nautical charts / All them crazy divider tools / And if I had a million dollars I’d buy black pens.

If I had a million dollars / We wouldn’t have to steer by the stars / If I had a million dollars / We’d use the red planet / ’cause why not Mars?

If I had a million dollars / We wouldn’t have to conserve Diesel / But we would conserve Diesel.

Of course we would, we’d just sail more / And buy really expensive canvas for sails / That’s right, all the fanciest natural fibers.

If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / Well, I’d buy you an anchor / Haven’t you always wanted an anchor? / If I had a million dollars I’d buy your caulk.

If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars / If I had a million dollars…

I’d be rich!

(Original Lyrics by Barenaked Ladies – If I Had A Million Dollars)

 * Disclaimer: These suggestions may not qualify in their entirety for the grants.

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What’s Better Than A Bald EAGLE?

Posted by Erin on July 17, 2014

No, not him…


Credit: iD Gum / iSpot.tv



EAGLE - Parade of Sail in Halifax 2012

EAGLE – Parade of Sail in Halifax 2012




Enjoy a unique opportunity for Tall Ships America Members to advance their professional training, qualifications, skills, and credentials in a sail training program aboard America’s Tall Ship.

Experienced tall ships sailors are invited to join Captain Pulver and Coast Guard and NOAA Officer Trainees on a voyage from Gloucester, MA to Baltimore, MD between August 30th and September 11th, 2014. Restrictions apply.

For details, read Sail Training and Professional Development aboard USCG Barque EAGLE

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Join us on July 12 for Sail for Tall Ships Day!

Posted by Erin on July 7, 2014

Where will you #SailWithMorgan?

Where will you #SailWithMorgan?


Join Tall Ships America and Mystic Seaport on 12 July 2014 for a national Sail for Tall Ships Day. We invite tall ships and traditional sailing vessels from all around America to set sail on this day, to honor the restoration of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial sailing vessel, and to celebrate the traditional skills of seamanship that are hard at work in the Tall Ships America fleet today.

We hope you will get underway with us on July 12 – anywhere and any way that fits into your own operational schedule – and be part of this national celebration of traditional sail!

Mystic Seaport and Tall Ships America are promoting Sail for Tall Ships Day with an active media campaign, and we invite you to use this opportunity to promote your own ship, mission, and programs in the context of this national event. We have provided a template for a press release, to use and distribute to relevant media in your area. Be sure to invite local media aboard when you sail!

Additionally, Mystic Seaport has included a “cutout” of the Charles W. Morgan for you to download and use in the promotion – take a photo of this aboard your ship as you sail on 12 July, and post it on your social media network. The hashtags for the event will be #SailwithMorgan #sailfortallships.

Tall Ships America will award a prize for the most creative photo taken and posted on this day, so don’t miss out!

Join us for the fun and celebration, share your photos, and help promote sail training and maritime preservation in North America!

Download the Sail for Tall Ships Day Template (Word document)

Download the cut out of the Charles W. Morgan (PDF)


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Sail for Tall Ships Day – July 12th

Posted by Erin on July 1, 2014

CHARLES W MORGAN sailing off Gay Head June 18 2014. Courtesy of Mystic Seaport

CHARLES W MORGAN sailing off Gay Head June 18 2014. Courtesy of Mystic Seaport

30 June 2014, Newport RI –   Tall Ships America, the National Sail Training Organization representing the United States, is proud to announce that 12 July 2014 is Sail for Tall Ships Day. Tall ships and traditional sailing vessels around America will all sail on this day to honor the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, as she sails on her 38th voyage calling at historic New England ports.

Painstakingly restored over 5 ½ years by Mystic Seaport Museum of Mystic CT, the Charles W. Morgan is the last remaining ship of the American whaling fleet that once numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat. The Morgan left Mystic Seaport on May 17, 2014 to embark on her 38th Voyage. Where once the Morgan’s cargo was whale oil and baleen, today her cargo is knowledge, and she sails to engage communities with their maritime heritage and raise awareness about the changing perception about whales and whaling.

On July 12, sailing ships around the nation will put to sea to honor the restoration of this great ship, the heritage she represents, and to celebrate the traditional skills of seamanship that are sustained and hard at work in the Tall Ships America fleet today. From the rockbound harbors of Maine, to the sun drenched coast of California, to the inland seas of the Great Lakes, to the pristine sounds of the Pacific Northwest, all manner of brigs, barques, schooners, brigantines and other traditional sailing craft will hoist sail this day in common cause with the Morgan and her crew. It is a national celebration of nautical skill, courage, and adventure that defined America as a young seafaring nation in 1841 when Morgan was launched, and still defines us as a maritime power today.

For more information about Mystic Seaport Museum, and the 38th voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, go to www.mysticseaport.org . 

For more information about Tall Ships America, and programs of adventure and education under sail, go to www.tallshipsamerica.org . 


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Sail Aboard the USCG Barque EAGLE this fall!

Posted by Erin on June 27, 2014


EAGLE - Parade of Sail in Halifax 2012

EAGLE – Parade of Sail in Halifax 2012


Captain Pulver has offered an opportunity to twelve experienced sailors from the Tall Ships America fleet to sail on the USCG Barque EAGLE on a voyage from Gloucester, MA to Baltimore, MD from August 30th to September 11th, 2014.

During this run, sailors will join Coast Guard and NOAA officer trainees. Participants will embark on Saturday, August 30th, in Gloucester. EAGLE will have a short port call in Yorktown before mooring in Baltimore on Thursday, September 11th, to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the penning of our Star Spangled Banner.

This opportunity is open to new applicants only. Applicants must be current Tall Ships America members between 18 and 50 years of age and should be experienced mariners interested in professional development. Be advised that berthing is in the trainee accommodations and participant berths will be available from Saturday, August 30th through midday on Friday, September 12th.

Tis experience will be a great resume-enhancer and tonnage-time booster! Applications must be received no later than July 25th, 2014 at 1700 EST.

See below for program and application details.

Program Details:

1.)You must be at least 18 years old and not more than 50 years old.
2.) You must be fit, willing and able to work aloft. You must pass a medical clearance.
3.) You must be a U.S. Citizen.
4.) You will be full a participant, along with the USCG trainees, in the operation of the ship: standing watch, helm, lookout, bridge, maintenance, working aloft, galley and all other regular trainee duties.
5.) You are welcome and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend training classes with the USCG trainees.
6.) The ideal candidate is an experienced, rising sail training practitioner. This program is not for “Old Salts”, and it is not for first-timers.
7.) Upon successful completion of the program, EAGLE will issue to you (if you request it) a letter of Sea Service or other formal documentation of your sea service in EAGLE. 8.) Participants must pay $12/day for food and expenses, etc.Application Process:

Application Details:

1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at erin@tallshipsamerica.org
2.) You must be a Tall Ships America member in good standing to apply. Not a member? Become one now!
3.) Applications must include the following:
a.) Resume of your traditional ship experience, as crew or as trainee
b.) Letter of recommendation from your current (or most recent) Captain or First Mate
c.) Completed Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement
d.) Completed Medical Questionnaire (see the EAGLE “Welcome Aboard” packet).
NOTE: This requires a consultation with a medical doctor.

This opportunity is available to you based on the mutual regard and respect that is shared between the EAGLE leadership and Tall Ships America, and in support of our shared mission in promoting leadership training under sail. This is truly a rare and special opportunity, and we are very happy to be able make it available to you, the up-and-coming next generation of sail training officers and crew.

We expect that all participants in this program will work hard and do their best to uphold the excellent relations that exist between EAGLE and the civilian sail training community, and in all ways observe and respect the policies, procedures, and rules of comportment as established aboard EAGLE.

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Charles W. Morgan sails again

Posted by Erin on June 23, 2014

CHARLES W. MORGAN (Photo Credit: 12 Meter Charters Newport)

CHARLES W. MORGAN (Photo Credit: 12 Meter Charters Newport)

Last Sunday was spectacular. A beautiful, clear, warm day in Newport.  Darlene decided that she would take her scooter out for a ride along Ocean Drive and enjoy the views and the breeze. Maybe watch a few sailboats sail around.  When she arrived at Breton Point State Park (at the very southern tip of Aquidneck Island) who should she see sailing into Newport Harbor but the Charles W. Morgan. It was an incredible sight to see this 170 yr. old ship sail by with everything set. Read the rest of this entry »

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Summer Sailstice Sailing Invitation 2014

Posted by Erin on June 17, 2014


Tall Ships America members are invited to join Summer Sailstice

for a sailing-oriented global solstice event on June 21st, 2014

This Saturday, June 21, marks the first day of summer. For those of you who joined me in surviving what felt like the longest winter, Saturday is, indeed, cause for celebration. While throughout Europe bonfires will be lit, Tall Ships America invites our members to get out on the water and take part in the Summer Sailstice. Dubbed “A world-wide celebration of sailing”, we imagine that most of our members will be sailing somewhere on that day, so we encourage you to sign up and showcase our maritime heritage and traditions to the world.

Not a member? Sign up here!

Founded in 2001, Summer Sailstice is an amalgam of separate, same-day sailing events that take place on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. Summer Sailstice unites over 19,000 sailors each year, including cruisers, racers, recreational sailors, marine environmental programs and traditional sailing ships, all coming together to celebrate life under sail. In 2013, there were almost 4,900 registered vessels racing, cruising and day sailing in 50 US states and 40 countries around the world.

Tall Ships America members can register their June 21st sailing plans at http://www.summersailstice.com. By doing so, you will promote awareness for your own vessel and programs, as well as for tall ships, sail training, and sailing in general. The Summer Sailstice website allows you to post your vessel’s sailing plans, publicize your activities, and see what other sailors are doing in your area. You might also consider contributing a prize – such as gear or a berth aboard for a voyage or day sail – which all registered participants will be eligible to win.

This is a terrific opportunity for Tall Ships America members to join with sailors worldwide on June 21st, and promote your programs of education under sail. “Sail Locally, Celebrate Globally” in the 14th annual Summer Sailstice!

Details Regarding the 2014 Summer Sailstice

Register an Event – Create Your Event.  After you have posted your event, it will have a pin placed on the global events map. You can email the link to your event to the members of your group, organization or yacht club so that participants may register. By registering an event, you and all event participants will be eligible to win prizes.

Register to Participate – You can sign up by selecting an event on the ‘Search Events’ page of the Summer Sailstice website, clicking ‘Sign Up,’ and filling out the registration information. You can also use the link sent to you by an event creator. When signing up, participants have the opportunity to join sailors committed to preserving the world’s oceans by contributing to Sailors for the Sea. By registering as a participant, you will also be eligible to win prizes.

Prizes – By signing up for Summer Sailstice, participants become eligible to win prizes contributed by West Marine, WoodenBoat, Offshore Sailing, Hobie, Footloose Sailing Charters and many other marine favorites.


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Statement to the Sailing Ship Community Regarding the USCG Report on the sinking of BOUNTY

Posted by Erin on June 13, 2014

Statement to the Sailing Ship Community Regarding the USCG Report on the sinking of BOUNTY

Tall Ships America has reviewed the USCG report released on 6-12-14. Its findings of fact, analysis, and conclusions are consistent with our understanding of the events leading up to the loss and the loss itself. We wish to offer our appreciation to CDR Carroll and his team for their thorough, professional, and sensitive management of their investigation.   Furthermore, we wish to extend our most sincere and heartfelt thanks for the great courage and skill of the Coast Guard members who took part in the rescue the BOUNTY crew.

We fully endorse recommendations set forth in CAPT Burton’s letter of 2 May 2014. Tall Ships America will take action consistent with the ones that are directed to our attention.

View the full report here 

Tall Ships America has been pro-active on this front for many years, well before the BOUNTY tragedy. Our Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, our annual International Safety Forum, Regional Meetings, and various member communications have presented workshops, discussion forums, expert presentations, and informational updates addressing Safety Management Systems, Bridge Resource Management, risk assessment models, organizational best practices, heavy weather systems and forecasting, crew training, and other relevant topics. Experts from the Coast Guard, the National Weather Service, National Transportation Safety Board and other recognized safety authorities frequently contribute to and participate in these discussions, and we continue to welcome their expertise.

The loss of BOUNTY has certainly caused the sailing ship community to focus on these issues to an even higher degree. In concert with the Coast Guard, Tall Ships America will strive to do all we can to avoid another such tragedy. We appreciate the high level of cooperation that has been forthcoming from many facets of the Coast Guard, and we look forward to continuing this cooperative effort.

We suggest that all vessel operators and administrators read the report and recommendations, and consider the implications for safety management in your own operations. These topics, so vitally important to the safety of every mariner, trainee, and student involved in our ships will continue to be discussed and processed in Tall Ships America meetings and communications. Similarly, we encourage you to keep the discussion of safety and the reach for best practices as a dynamic and active process, fundamental to your operational management and success.


The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public and support education under sail.

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Springtime in D.C.

Posted by Erin on June 2, 2014

Last month, Team Tall Ships America trundled down to Washington, DC for our annual reception in the U.S. Capitol Building. Every year, we host a gathering of politicians, naval attaches, board members, port partners, and supporters to talk about sail training, tall ships and the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® seasons, and to cultivate the ground for our invitations to their ships to participate in the series. It is also really cool to have a reception in the U.S. Capitol Building and I personally look forward to our trip every year.
In years past, we have stayed down by the Navy Yard and on U Street, but this year we scored a sweet apartment a few blocks away from the Capitol Building and behind the Library of Congress. This was right around the corner-

Jefferson Building Library of Congress

Jefferson Building Library of Congress

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How many sailors does it take to haul a boat out?

Posted by Erin on May 7, 2014

Oliver Hazard Perry was hauled out in Newport Shipyard on April 25th. Tall Ships America headed down to the water to catch the action and enjoy the late spring sunshine.

With a rigging crew hard at work and her engines newly installed, this 207′ steel vessel looks quite a bit different from the last time we saw her. She will be on the hard (out of the water) for the next few weeks as her propellers and shafts are inspected, her bottom and topsides are painted, thru-hull penetrations for sea water intakes are installed, and her zinc anodes are replaced.







Photo Credits: Eliza Braunstein

For more photos, go to Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island’s Facebook Page.

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